Anxiety And Depression Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City

Primary Care Physicians located in Ellicott City, MD

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders in the United States today, and around 50% of all depression sufferers also have an anxiety disorder. If you’re struggling with either or both, it’s vital that you get the support you need from the caring medical providers who know you best. At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City, Maryland, the same dedicated providers you see for primary and urgent care can help you overcome anxiety and depression to live your best life. Book online or by phone now.

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

There are many different symptoms, and every sufferer may experience anxiety differently. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Stress that dominates your thoughts
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Pounding heart
  • Hyperventilation
  • Feeling of imminent doom
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach pain or other gastrointestinal issues

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, your symptoms may be sporadic, but they tend to return when you’re under pressure. By seeking treatment, you can minimize the effects of anxiety on your life.

What are the symptoms of depression?

As with anxiety, depression can be different for every sufferer.

  • Overwhelming feelings of sadness
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Lack of interest in the things you enjoyed before
  • Avoiding family and friends
  • Changes in appetite, leading to weight loss or gain
  • Lack of energy, making even small actions seem too difficult
  • Changes in sleep, such as sleeping far too much or too little
  • Persistent physical pain or problems with no clear origin
  • Persistent thoughts about death
  • Suicidal ideation

Depression can be sporadic, constant, or confined to certain times. It’s really different for everyone. Your provider can determine what kind of depression you’re dealing with and then prescribe a treatment plan that will help.

What are the treatment options for anxiety?

Anxiety treatment can take several forms. Often, the antidepressants used in depression treatment can help with anxiety as well. Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe buspirone, which is taken on a daily basis, for anxiety.

Sedatives like Xanax® or Valium® can help with anxiety, but they’re only for as-needed use on a short-term basis. Your care provider may also recommend psychotherapy, relaxation exercises, or other nonpharmaceutical treatment options for anxiety.

What are the treatment options for depression?

The most effective depression treatment is often medication. Antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are usually the first line of depression treatment. Common SSRIs include Prozac®, Zoloft®, or Lexapro®.

Other antidepressant options can include serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors like Cymbalta® or Effexor XR®, atypical antidepressants like Wellbutrin XL® or Wellbutrin SR®, or tricyclic antidepressants like Tofranil® or Pamelor®.

It’s important to take antidepressants exactly as prescribed. While they may take a few weeks to start working, patience pays off when you finally get symptom relief. Your care provider may also recommend psychotherapy.

If you’re struggling with anxiety or depression, get help by using the online scheduler or calling the AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City office today.